How to put it on:
1. Place the ThunderShirt on your cat's back and wrap the short flap under the torso.
2. Wrap the long flap under the torso and secure with fasteners onto the short flap. Make a comfortable, but snug, fit. You should be able to easily slide your fingers between the ThunderShirt and your cat's torso.
3. Wrap the top flap down onto the long flap and secure with fasteners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep ThunderShirt securely in place.
4. Wrap the neck straps around the front of the cat and secure with fasteners. You should be able to easily slide your fingers under the neck straps and should not feel restricting around your cat's neck.
Instructions are also included in the packaging.
Great for anxiety due to separation, travel and many other anxieties. No need for training or medication, as the ThunderShirt's works as soon as it is on.
ThunderShirt for Cats applies gentle, constant pressure to the torso and this pressure has a dramatic calming effect for cats if they are anxious or fearful. ThunderShirt has already helped many hundreds of thousands of dogs around the world and is now helping cats as well! Cat owners and veterinarians are amazed by the positive impact a ThunderShirt can have with cats.
As for WHY ThunderShirt’s gentle pressure works to calm a dogs and cats, anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins or ocytocins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.
When first wearing a ThunderShirt, some cats will behave as if they are immobilized and may even “fall over”. Don’t worry! The ThunderShirt is not causing discomfort; they just need time to adjust to the new sensations. Cats are amazingly sensitive to touch and sometimes requires a little more adjustment time in the beginning. But this also means that many are even more responsive than dogs to the gentle, calming pressure of a ThunderShirt!
For most cases no training is necessary! Just put ThunderShirt onto your cat and you will likely see improvement in the symptoms. However, cats are very sensitive to having anything put onto their bodies and the “Freeze & Flop” is a common initial response.
If your cat initially appears uncomfortable or does the “Freeze & Flop”, please do the following. Put the ThunderShirt onto your cat with very light pressure and for 5 to 10 minutes, try to engage your cat in play with a favorite toy or a laser pointer. If your cat continues to look uncomfortable or still refuses to move freely, remove the ThunderShirt for a short period and then repeat the process two to three times. If still no success, try repeating the process with longer breaks in between (e.g. wait a day and then retry).